The U.S. Constitution and Title VII of the U.S. Code both make racial discrimination illegal in the state of Washington. According to these laws, employers may not take race into account when hiring, recruiting, deciding pay or offering promotions.
What Must Be Proven in a Discrimination Claim?
Federal investigations of workplace discrimination are done by the agency called the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Employees who are victims of discrimination are required to file their claim with the EEOC before filing suit in a court of law. To prove racial discrimination, an employer must treat an employee adversely than co-workers who are of a different race or nationality.
To succeed on a claim of racial discrimination, the Clark County plaintiff must further show that his employer acted with an intent to discriminate based on race or nationality. The required intent may be shown by evidence that the employer rendered preferential treatment to workers who are of a different race or nationality than the plaintiff.
How Can a Clark County Lawyer Help with My Claim?
In some instances, intent to discriminate may also be proven by using recorded statements by the employer regarding racial issues. Laws governing the procedures in discrimination will vary greatly depending on where the claim is filed, and Clark County attorneys will be able to help you with the requirements for your particular region. A Washington lawyer may also assist you with filing a claim with the EEOC as well as guide you to other possible remedies while the case is pending.